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(RealClear)   New Zealand no longer refers to its two islands as "this one" and "that one over there"   (realclear.com) divider line 29
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2013-10-10 09:00:55 AM  
www.timezoneoneblog.com
 
2013-10-10 09:32:35 AM  
Sheep F*cker Island and Sister F*cker Island
 
2013-10-10 10:06:36 AM  
Zoe Bell is from there.
Place must have something good going for it.
 
2013-10-10 10:36:26 AM  
Which one has the toothbrush fence?
 
2013-10-10 10:37:14 AM  
Mordor?
 
2013-10-10 10:39:09 AM  
Left boob and right boob?
 
2013-10-10 10:39:41 AM  
The one with the cities that matter and the one with Christchurch.
 
2013-10-10 10:40:13 AM  
Thinks they should've made a corporate sponsorship deal with an airline...

www.odt.co.nz

Glides/flies/whatever the hell that is (but it isn't sailing) away in disgust.
 
2013-10-10 10:41:02 AM  
Should have named them Brett and Jemaine.
 
2013-10-10 10:45:40 AM  

NobleHam: The one with the cities that matter and the one with Christchurch.


No, you meant the one with cities and the one with the cool stuff.
 
2013-10-10 10:46:55 AM  
"...alternative...names for the islands: Te Waipounamu"

deeperintomovies.net

Approves.
 
2013-10-10 10:49:33 AM  
i69.photobucket.com
 
2013-10-10 10:55:55 AM  
I'm not from NZ and probably will never get a chance to go there.  So I don't really give a fark.

But for as long as I can remember they have always been known as the north and south islands.  That seems far less confusing than what they are planning on naming them now.  I can guarantee that north and south will continued to be used (in parentheses next to the new names) for generations, to clear up the confusion.
 
2013-10-10 10:58:41 AM  

Crewmannumber6: [i69.photobucket.com image 800x478]


New Zealand Information Technology is Perfectly Adequate.
 
2013-10-10 11:00:25 AM  

durbnpoisn: "I'm not from NZ and probably will never get a chance to go there.  So I don't really give a fark.

But for as long as I can remember they have always been known as the north and south islands.  That seems far less confusing than what they are planning on naming them now.  I can guarantee that north and south will continued to be used (in parentheses next to the new names) for generations, to clear up the confusion.

"


Am I reading this wrong then?

quote:
"As an integral part of New Zealand's cultural identity and heritage, it is only right the names North Island and South Island be made official," he said in a statement.
Williamson also approved alternative Maori names for the islands: Te Waipounamu -- meaning rivers of green stone -- for the South Island and Te Ika-a-Maui -- the fish of Maui (a Maori god) -- for the North.
"These Maori names also have historic and cultural significance and appeared on early maps and charts, including government maps, until the 1950s," he said.
Both the English and Maori names can be used on official documents and maps.
 
2013-10-10 11:05:07 AM  

durbnpoisn: I'm not from NZ and probably will never get a chance to go there.  So I don't really give a fark.

But for as long as I can remember they have always been known as the north and south islands.  That seems far less confusing than what they are planning on naming them now.  I can guarantee that north and south will continued to be used (in parentheses next to the new names) for generations, to clear up the confusion.


The South Island is called The Main Land. Kiwi-fied Scot, now Oz, or as the Kiwis say, The West Island
 
2013-10-10 11:12:12 AM  
North and South? Do they want a civil war?
 
2013-10-10 11:21:13 AM  
FTA: the board began a long public consultation process looking at how to rectify the mistake...

Instead of correcting the oversight and naming them "North" and "South", which they eventually did, they needed "a long public consultation"? With politics like that, they should have just called them the United States.
 
2013-10-10 11:31:43 AM  
West Island has always had another name, it's only fair that north and south get theirs too
 
2013-10-10 11:33:18 AM  
farm4.staticflickr.com

/better
 
2013-10-10 11:37:20 AM  
When were North, South and Central America legally and officially defined and named?
 
2013-10-10 11:48:26 AM  
I thought they'd be Tol Ithil (Island of the Rising Moon) and Tol Anor (Island of the Setting Sun).

/The Valar help you if you get that.
 
2013-10-10 12:05:56 PM  

The Irresponsible Captain: I thought they'd be Tol Ithil (Island of the Rising Moon) and Tol Anor (Island of the Setting Sun).

/The Valar help you if you get that.


Beren mind your half-handed attempt at obscurity won't fly here.

/nerd high-five!
 
2013-10-10 12:13:14 PM  

SwiftFox: When were North, South and Central America legally and officially defined and named?


Great, now we'll need legislation to officially name those areas. Which Obama will introduce and the Tea Party will block.

/it's all 'Merica to me.
 
2013-10-10 12:19:27 PM  

Bryntryst: "...alternative...names for the islands: Te Waipounamu"

[deeperintomovies.net image 600x255]

Approves.


Yeah, I have a feeling that it will catch on. Who wants to call it South Island when Te Waipounamu is official as well?
 
2013-10-10 02:17:57 PM  
Te Ika-a-Maui -- the fish of Maui (a Maori god) -- for the North.

Not the fish that comes back when you throw it?
 
2013-10-10 02:52:04 PM  

Day_Old_Dutchie: Te Ika-a-Maui -- the fish of Maui (a Maori god) -- for the North.

Not the fish that comes back when you throw it?



That's  Lew Zealand.

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2013-10-11 01:59:40 AM  

Day_Old_Dutchie: Te Ika-a-Maui -- the fish of Maui (a Maori god) -- for the North.

Not the fish that comes back when you throw it?


Everyone who was born in New Zealand knows pretty much all the legends of Maui.  He's like a combination of all the Greek heros.  He stole the secret of fire from the gods, slowed the sun, and crawled up the vagina of the goddess of death in an attempt to get immortality for humankind.  That's a great story, she caught him because a bird laughed at him, which woke the goddess up, and she crushed him to death between her thighs.

In the legends of Maui, the South Island was the waka (canoe) of he and his brothers.  He fished the North Island from the sea using a fish hook made out of the jawbone of his grandmother (which he also used to beat the sun into submission).  His jealous brothers cut up the fish, resulting in the hilly, rolling landscape of the North Island.


ChrisDe: Instead of correcting the oversight and naming them "North" and "South", which they eventually did, they needed "a long public consultation"? With politics like that, they should have just called them the United States.


Naming things in NZ is serious business.  Really, really serious business.  They took the pussy way out by saying "both, both is good!" because they remember the uproar when they renamed a couple of mountains ("back" to what was claimed to be their original Maori names).

There were death threats over renaming Wanganui to Whanganui.  Which was a ridiculous kerfuffle born of the fact that in "Queen's Maori" "wh" is pronounced "f" but in the area Wanganui is in, it's just pronounced plain "w".  Since Maori had no written language, white people had spelt the damn place as it was pronounced by the locals.  But the "main" "official" Maori dialect standardised spelling of the same word would be "Whanganui" pronounced "Fanganui".

Basically this was the equivalent of some folks insisting "Arkansas" be renamed "Arkansaw" and everyone getting really angry over it.
 
2013-10-11 04:18:38 PM  
Nothing's really changed, it's just official now.

We already called them by both the English and Maori names, people are just kicking up a stink 'cause they can.
 
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